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By Francisco Salazar
While fight fans settle into their seats at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Saturday afternoon, awaiting the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon fight, unbeaten light heavyweight Mike Lee will be fighting Michael Birthmark (2-5, 1 KO) in a four round bout. Although this will be Lee’s first professional fight in the Los Angeles-area, Lee has trained in the City of Angels before. “I had actually trained with John Bray before my professional debut,” Lee (5-0, 3 KOs) told Fightnews.com on Wednesday afternoon. “I also got to visit the Wild Card gym and Fortune’s. I love the weather and there’s a lack of humidity here unlike in Houston.” Lee, who received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and was an amateur champion there, is trained by Ronnie Shields. Although he has competed as a light heavyweight throughout his brief career, Lee could go down and compete at 168 pounds. “I’m very happy where I’m at. I’ve improved a lot because I’m a fast learner. I’m a great athlete and I have a great deal of trust with Ronnie. In my last fight (against Gilbert Gastelum on May 6th), I just relaxed and established my jab. I thought I did well, but I still needed to correct things. People recognized my maturity in the ring and I’m just trying to get better and better with each fight. I’m my own toughest critic.” With a growing fan base of friends and alumni from the university, Lee fights under the Top Rank banner.
From Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. for tomorrow’s Golden Boy card televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo”:
Jessie Vargas 142 vs. Walter Estrada 138
Alfonso Blanco 155 vs. Cleven Ishe 154.5
Mitch Williams 197 vs. Chad Davis 197.5
Demark Scott 186 vs. Billy Bailey 186.5
Zhankosh Turarov 141 vs. David Castillo 142
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will mark his return to the SHOWITME airwaves while Carlos Molina of Chicago will make his network debut when they meet this Saturday, July 9, in the co-feature on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.,
Just one week before the 10th anniversary of ShoBox: The New Generation, Cintron, who fought three times on ShoBox from 2001 to 2002 including the series’ third telecast, will take on Molina in a 10-round junior middleweight tilt. Following that, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and two-time world title challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., tangle for the World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship in the Top Rank-promoted main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Cintron, Molina and two up-and-coming Top Rank fighters worked out for the media on Thursday at Fortune Gym in Hollywood. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican featherweight prospect Sal Sanchez II today expressed his desire to win the WBC silver championship this summer and seek a world title 2012. “I learned a lot with Rudy Perez, I’ll demonstrate. I’m well prepared and in my corner is my agent Elvis Grant, who also has extensive experience in the corner.” Sánchez II (23-4-3, 12 KOs) takes on Rodolfo “El Chapulín” Garay (29-19-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.
In other action, María Elena Villalobos (7-5-1, 3 KOs) meets Rocío Castillo (3-2, 1 KO) in a ten rounder for the vacant WBC female super bantamweight silver title. Also, Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle (30-12-1, 20 KOs) faces Juan Olvera (14-8, 11 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the Mexico Featherweight belt. The card is promoted by Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia’s Boxeo de Gala. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Ben Keilty
WBA #10 middleweight Robbie Bryant (14-1-1, 7 KOs) will clash with former Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (13-8-3, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Italian Club in Perth, Western Australia on July 23 with the IBF Australasian title up for grabs. Promoter Ty Colman said, “Robbie Bryant has shown world class skills in recent fights but Les Piper comes to the ring with excellent credentials.” Colman continued, “There are several world class middleweights in Australia including Sam Soliman and Garth Wood with Daniel Geale recently capturing the IBF world title in Germany. Robbie boxed Daniel as an amateur and had him on the canvas before losing a close decision.” Colman concluded, “Team Bryant is interested in boxing the best middleweights in Australia including world IBF champion Daniel Geale but would also consider a world title opportunity against WBA champion Felix Sturm.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #11, 130 pounder Fahsai “Mountain Boy” Sakkreerin (34-2, 19 KOs) will be back in action against Geoffrey “The Tiger” Munika (21-15-2, 12 KOs) of Kenya on July 19 in Bangkok, Thailand. Sakkreein has been active by boxing every month and is focused on the IBF world title shot said promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. “Munika will be a good test for Sakkreerin who has been impressive in recent fights. Munika defeated Ryan Barrett in London, England in June by KO in six rounds so he has had recent activity. Barrett had a good record winning 23 fights losing 8 with 2 draws.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
I wasn’t particularly close with George Kimball. I’m sure there are others in the boxing community who could share more stories and tell more jokes than I can about him. But while I wasn’t a close friend or family member, I did spend countless hours at ringside with George in close, tight proximity. Frequently sharing the same, cramped desk and a power strip that always seemed to turn off when our laptops needed the juice most, I covered boxing with George for years. (more…)
On Saturday, July 23, before Amir Khan meets Zab Judah in their 140 lb. World Championship Unification Fight, another rising star will meet a still dangerous veteran when unbeaten middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin faces Tarvis Simms, who has lost only once is his professional career, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. in a 10 round non-televised bout with significant implications on the future of the 160-pound weight class.
“I’m training to destroy him,” said Quillin. “I’m never in a comfortable situation because, in boxing, you can always lose. I figure, why put in anything less than maximum effort in training? I’m trying to prove that I’m an elite, top-10 fighter and even when I win a world title, I’m always going to be a hungry fighter because of where I come from.”
Photos: EMC Events
Dan Goossen hosts the final press conference in New York on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to make statement against unbeaten and world ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a battle of southpaws. Williams-Lara headlines the July 11, 2011 Boardwalk Hall event which HBO will broadcast. WBA No. 1 ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) will challenge World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s WBA Super Bantamweight Championship. Heavyweight Chris Arreola is also on the card.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Team Klitschko
Ukrainian heavyweight kings, WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC champion Vitali Klitschko held a press conference today in Kiev, Ukraine.
Vitali Klitschko: “We aimed for this dream for a very long time – 15 years. We now have a new goal (to defend the heavyweight title in Ukraine) that we will discover in the near future. The most important thing is that I along with my brother have won all the championship belts.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “We are very pleased to now be in our hometown, Kiev. What happened July 2 is very important to us. For two years everyone was talking, there will be Klitschko vs. Haye. David was moving very quickly and ran away from me. Ran away very quickly. I’m sure I brought him back to reality. Now he’s back to reality.” More photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
About 75 miles separate the cities of Oxnard and Maywood in Southern California. To fight fans in the area, both cities have become synonymous with the fighters and gyms located in their respected cities.
While both cities are geographically away from one another, they will share center stage on Saturday night as Brandon Rios of Oxnard defends his lightweight title belt against Maywood’s Urbano Antillon at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
At Wednesday’s press conference in Los Angeles, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum likened the fight to “a neighborhood war,” a throwback type of fight symbolic from years past. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
ABCO strawweight title holder Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo and Filipino challenger Roilo Golez both passed the weigh-in at the 105lb limit today (Thursday) at the Bangpo hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. This WBC regional championship bout will take place tomorrow at Banklong school, in Kratumban, Samutsakorn and will be televised by Channel 7 during 15:00-17:00 throughout Thailand. (more…)
Heavyweight David Rodriguez did get the top ten rating he thought he’d get by winning the WBC Fecombox belt last month, but he moved up to No. 18 in the WBC’s heavyweight division. The win over Owen Beck has Rodriguez calling out the Klitschko brothers: “I want either one,” says Rodriguez. “No disrespect for any of the fighters they have fought, but let’s be real they’ve been on a safe tour. I’m 6’5”, 250 pounds of heavyweight that has size and power to knock these Klitschko’s out!”
“Peleando por Juarez” set for El Paso July 16: The July 16 all-pro boxing Fighter Physique card at the Convention Center now has a complete lineup. In the main event, former reality TV fighter Rene Armijo (5-3, 1 KO) will double up as promoter and main eventer in an eight-rounder against Corey Washington (3-4-1, 1 KO), of Fort Worth, Tex., at middleweight. It will be Armijo’s first fight in five years. Five four-rounders are scheduled: (more…)
On Friday July 15th, at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC, Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO’s) squares off against Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) in a must see ten round jr. middleweight showdown. The bout, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will be the feature bout on that week’s edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. Before Rodriguez and Wolak step inside the ring, Kevin “Kid” Rooney, the son of world renowned trainer, Kevin Rooney, and Star Boxing’s own publicist, will look to improve to 2-0 when he takes on Queen’s Elmer Vera in a four round jr. middleweight match-up. (more…)
South Side Promotions in association with Mark Vaz Boxing returns for the second time this year to the Dorchester National Guard Armory in Dorchester, Massachusetts on July 16th with former “Contender” competitor Tim Flamos going toe-to-toe with veteran Darren Whitley for the vacant state cruiserweight title. (more…)
Trans-Atlantic boxer Ashley “Treasure” Theophane defends his British Boxing Board of Control (“BBB of C”) light welterweight title July 23 in the 12-round co-feature against Welsh champion Jason “The Power” Cook on “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View Event, live from Wembley Arena in London.
“The Big Brawl” features undefeated Irishman Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) challenging British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in the 12 round main event . . . click here for more
Tyson Fury admits he’s been shocked by bad-boy Dereck Chisora before this month’s heavyweight grudge fight. Fury challenges for Chisora’s British and Commonwealth belts at Wembley Arena on Saturday, July 23 – and Tyson admits he can’t believe ‘Del Boy’ is actually going through with the fight being screened live on Pay-Per-View in the United States.
Tyson said: “I’ve been expecting a phone call to say Chisora has broken a toe nail and has had to pull out of the fight. I genuinely believe he’s a bully and we all know what happens when you stand up to a bully. I am surprised he hasn’t found a way to get out of fighting me. I think he would rather fight anyone in the world rather than me. This fight is personal. I don’t like him and want to take away his titles. I saw the way he kissed Carl Baker before they boxed and I want him to know that he’s not my type!” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan is out of hospital after nearly six months after complications from a pacemaker he had installed in 2010 and contacted Fightnews to say he is now getting stronger by the day and ready to call the “Big Fights” very soon. “I have been in hospital for nearly six months,” said the Colonel. “I am out now and hope to be back at work in 2 to 3 weeks.”
The Colonel has called a record 900+ world title bouts around the Globe including the “Rumble in The Jungle “- Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman from Zaire and the “Thrilla in Manila” Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier from the Philippines. The Colonel has been a regular visitor to Australia over several years where he has called fights featuring Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding, Robbie Peden and Shannan Taylor. The Colonel was a special guest at the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009 in Melbourne.
By Joe Koizumi
A female world title tripleheader will take place at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on September 22. It was announced today by Futur Promotions with four contestants in attendance. WBA 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs; amateur mark 47-3), a Japanese southpaw making her sixth defense, will put her belt on the line against ex-WBC 108-pound titlist Nongmuay Kokietgym (10-2-3), Thailand, over ten rounds in the main event. Newly crowned WBC 105-pound ruler Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs; amateur record 18-3, 10 stoppages), a Japanese hard-puncher, will risk her throne against official challenger and WBC silver titlist Kanittha Kokietgym (13-3, 4 KOs), a 21-year-old Thailander, in a ten-round semi-final. In a quest for the newly established WBA 102-pound championship named “Light Minimumweight” class will fight Ammara Kokietgym (7-1-1, 3 KOs), a busy-punching Thailander, and Mari Ando (7-3, 4 KOs), a Japanese puncher, over ten. Supporting the tripleheader will be a WBC final eliminator to decide the official challenger against the WBC female 130-pound champ between veteran Japanese and current OPBF lightweight ruler Fujin Raika (22-6-1, 9 KOs) and ex-WBC champ Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-8-1, 12 KOs), a Canadian who once defeated Raika at her home turf four years ago. The winner will be supposed to have a mandatory shot at the victor of the next WBC title go between legitimate champ Frida Wallberg of Sweden and Olivia Gerula of Canada.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that former world champion Ricky Hatton is set to officially announce his retirement later today. He has not fought since being kayoed by Manny Pacquiao in 2009. He had planned a ring return last year, but it never came to fruition. Later he had some highly publicized personal problems and lost his boxing license. Hatton will now focus on his promotional company Hatton Promotions.
Later this year, WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on US superstar & pound-for-pound queen Holly Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated showdown that has been a long time in the making. The fight will take place at one of Team Sauerland’s shows in Europe in September or October and will be promoted in association with Fresquez Productions. “We are thrilled to have finalised all the details for this mega fight,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “We have been working on this clash for a long, long time. It’s the two best female fighters out there battling it out. What more can you ask for? I am sure that Cecilia will cement her position as the world’s top female fighter with a spectacular victory. I can’t wait to see the two of them in the ring.” (more…)
Photo: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor
Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to make statement against unbeaten and world ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a battle of southpaws. Williams-Lara headlines the HBO telecast in a scheduled 12-round bout, which also features WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s WBA Super Bantamweight Championship. Chris Arreola and Friday Ahunanya will also engage in a 10-Round Heavyweight bout and Jhonny Gonzalez will take on Tomas Villa in a 12-Round battle for the WBC Featherweight Championship. More Photos…
On July 16th, Carla Hill Promotions will present a championship card of professional boxing at Resorts in Atlantic City that will be highlighted by a USBA heavyweight title bout between Maurice Harris (24-15-2, 10 KOs) and Derrick Rossy (25-4, 14 KOs). Carla Hill Promotions is headed by Carla Hill, who is the wife of former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion, Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill. “I am excited about this card and starting my first show off with a championship fight of importance”, said Carla. Future Hall of Famer, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will be making an appearance ringside. Tickets are priced at $125; $100; $75; $55 and $40 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster; The Resorts Box Office or calling 609-453-7994
The Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is at 7:30
Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Aside from some one-on-one, in-your-face jawing during a face-off for photographers, both Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios and Urbano Antillon were well-behaved and civil to each other during Wednesday’s final press conference for their highly anticipated world title fight this Saturday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Rios and Antillon had spent weeks jawing, and at one point the heated verbal exchanges nearly caused them to come to blows, but Wednesday at Wilshire Grand Los Angeles their focus solo was on Saturday when Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship against Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos by Bobby Qbix
The undefeated champion Tomoki Kameda and his challenger Pumar Dondee Singwancha met at a press conference this Wednesday at the New Otani hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. Kameda (19-0, 12 KOs) and Singwancha (8-1-3, 2 KOs) will meet for the WBC bantamweight World Youth Title which holds the Japanese Kameda, who has made his boxing career in Mexico. (more…)
Officials for the Lucian Bute – Jean Paul Mendy, July 9th IBF Super middleweight title bout in Bucharest Romania have been assigned.
The undefeated Mendy (29-0-1) gets a shot at the IBF title held by Bute (28-0) but perhaps with some concessions. For starters the match will be a homecoming for Bute held in his home court, Bucharest Romania. The referee will be Marlon Wright from Canada who has been the man in charge for seven of Bute’s 12 round title bouts. Most notably the October 24th 2008 bout when Bute had a good evening almost end in disaster. (more…)
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
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Bryant Pappas 161 1/4 vs. Allen Medina 157 1/4
Danny Valle 130 vs. Angel Torres 132
Stephon Owusu 145 vs. Angel Rios 147
Michael Ocasio 174 vs. Abdellah Smith 175
Juan Perez 146 vs. Andrew Jones 147
Venue: 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and top-rated contender Urbano Antillon pose during the final press conference for their upcoming world Lightweight title fight on Saturday, July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Espinoza Boxing Club
Award winning manager Frank Espinoza announced to Fightnews today that fast rising junior welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego, California has signed a promotional agreement with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Orozco, who’s compiled an undefeated record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts since turning professional three years ago in June of 2008 following a tremendous amateur career, signed the contract earlier this afternoon at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters in Los Angeles, California. (more…)
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